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Vokes: 'That’s the magic 40 points'

6 May 2017

Two-goal hero Sam Vokes praised the character of the Clarets as they fought back to earn the point that all but makes sure they will be a Premier League club again next season.

Vokes headed the 86th-minute equaliser which gave Burnley a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at a joyous Turf Moor.

And that result – allied to Hull City’s home defeat to Sunderland – means the Clarets have secured their top-flight status, bar a 20-goal swing in Hull’s favour over the final two games of the season.

“It was important to get a point – whoever got the goals – and hopefully it does the job,” said Vokes.

“That’s the magic 40 points everyone talks about. Our ambition at the start of the season was to secure safety and bar a few miracles it looks like we’ve done it.

“We knew getting promoted last year was a huge achievement and securing safety would be just as big. For a club like this, and the town, it’s massive.

“You can see how much it means to the fans. For us, it’s huge to play at his level. We were underdogs going into the season and so to compete at this level and to compete as we have done is great.

“But you never say never so for us it’s important with two games to go we complete the job. Two more games to finish it off and then it will be nice to look back on.”

Vokes took his season’s tally into double figures as he fired Sean Dyche’s men ahead just after the break after Ashley Barnes had picked himself off the floor to deliver the perfect low cross.

The Baggies hit back with their first goals in six games to take a 2-1 lead through Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson.

But the Clarets replied with the kind of spirit that has defined a magnificent season under the guidance of Sean Dyche to level late on when Vokes glanced in a Robbie Brady free-kick to seemingly make it mission accomplished.

“It’s great,” added Vokes, who now has eight league goals to his name. “It was a tough game. We went 1-0 up and probably came off it a little bit and let them back in the game.

“But to get ourselves back in and get a point was a massive result. It shows the character of the squad to come back.

“It was nice to get on the scoresheet. I thought for the first one it was a penalty, nailed on, but it shows what Barnesy is about. He got back on his feet and produced a great cross for me.

“With the second we all know what Robbie’s about. It’s quality and if you make the run he will put the ball there.

“It (10 goals) is a good return and with two more games to hopefully add to that.”

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